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Santa!! I Know Him!!!

December 17th, 2015 | Filed under: Holiday traditions | Posted by Elf jennifer

Santa Claus is coming to town — that is, after he wraps up his rounds of Santa photos all around the Northwest and Puget Sound Region. Have you visited Santa this season yet? Here are a few of our favorite photos past and present.

Santa Photo roundup!

Santa Photos

Santa Bob and this mini Seattle Seahawks fan at Town Center at Lake Forest Park — location of the original Santa Photo set from Frederick & Nelson.

Pet Photos with Santa

“Big Kahuna” and Santa Lance at University Village in the warmth of Santa’s cabin. Don’t get too jealous Rudolph.

Santa Photos

Another classic Santa photo from Town Center at Lake Forest Park. It’s a Holi-Pajama Party!

Grand Ridge Plaza

Smiling faces while visiting and cheesing it up with Santa Larry at Grand Ridge Plaza in Issaquah.

Seattle Santa

Santa greets all his guests for the 2015 holiday season. If you have yet to get your Santa Photos, you have until December 24th. Santa waves hello from his new location this season: Southcenter Square.

A Family Tradition Going on Fifty Years

December 4th, 2015 | Filed under: Holiday traditions | Posted by Elf jennifer

Santa Photos

We are in the business of keeping the family tradition alive. The Santa Photography business was first established in 1943 in Seattle by Art French, followed by the Viydo family purchasing the Santa photo set and business in 1962. When the Viydo family bought into the Santa Photography business, their vision was to keep the classic Frederick & Nelson Santa photo set alive for many years to come. Since the foundation of the company, the Viydo family set forth to create what is now the longest-running Christmas tradition in the country — Santa photos.

One might think that once a child grows up and becomes an adult, the tradition of having Santa photos taken ends — if you believe in the magic of the season, then this is not true.

We had the pleasure of hearing the story of one family who has kept a remarkable tradition alive and going strong to this day. Karla Evans shared her story with us and also shared her trip down memory lane. For the past forty nine years, Karla and her family have visited Santa and followed the Frederick & Nelson set from its’ original downtown Seattle location, to where it currently resides, Town Center at Lake Forest Park.

Santa Photos

This weekend, Karla and her family will celebrate their 50th year visiting Santa and having photos taken. Karla had these words to share with us:

“It’s fun to see the Santa’s who have remained faithful to Arthur & Associates for so many years”

“Me and my two sisters are going to take our 50th photo. My two kids are going to take their 29th photo this year. My sisters will be taking their kids for their 23rd and 17th time this year”

“I know almost every year in the Everett Herald they do a story on a family taking Santa photos. A few years back, some children were on their 64th year taking photos.”

Hearing these stories is truly magical and heart-warming. Arthur & Associates is committed to keeping the magic and mystery of Santa alive, and this is a case in point where we are doing the job.

Enjoy Karla’s trip down memory lane with a few of her photos from the past.

Santa Photos


Begin the Holiday Season with a Tree Lighting

November 20th, 2015 | Filed under: Holiday Events Holiday traditions | Posted by Elf jennifer

The Landing in Renton celebrates the holiday season with a Tree Lighting on Saturday, November 21st. The Tree Lighting celebration commences the holiday season and is jam-packed with fun activities for the entire family. This is what you need to know:

The Tree Lighting takes place on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. LIVE Reindeer, train rides for the kiddies, face painters, balloon artists and holiday carolers will take place between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. All activities on this special night are free for all. Santa Claus is making an appearance at the Tree Lighting, so make sure to capture a photo and share your time with us on Instagram or Twitter by tagging @MySanta, or share on Facebook and tag Arthur & Associates, Holiday Photographers.

With Thanksgiving approaching, and so many reasons to give thanks, and give back, one way you can spread a little joy and cheer for someone in need is by donating to the Toys for Tots drive by donating a new, unwrapped toy.

If you cannot make it on Saturday for the Tree Lighting, your family can still enjoy the train rides on December 5, 12, and 19. Santa Claus will be in his festive cottage available for Santa photos up through December 24th.

Take time to enjoy the season with friends and family — it’s time to bring on festive cheer!

Santa Photos Renton

Holiday Fun at the Country Village Shops

November 13th, 2015 | Filed under: Holiday Events Holiday traditions | Posted by Elf jennifer

The holiday season is upon us and Country Village Shops has transformed into a magical and festive destination for families and friends to visit all season long. Country Village Shops has so many fun events and festivities to celebrate the holiday season, so grab your calendars, and plan out your holiday.

The Reindeer have arrived at Country Village Shops. Beginning Saturday, November 14th, you can visit Rudolph and all his friends from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. through December 24th. The Reindeer will be lounging in the grassy area near Jantee Bistro.

Reindeer in the Northwest

On November 21st, visit Country Village Shops for their 2nd annual Gingerbread House Day! Join for one of three Gingerbread House workshops where you can craft and create your very own delicious Gingerbread House. Make sure to RSVP because classes will fill up. You can either call, (425) 483-2250; or email

Gingerbread House WorkshopGingerbread House Workshop

Drum roll please: Santa’s workshop opens on November 27th at the Country Village Shops. Santa will be in his workshop anxiously waiting for families to visit and take this year’s holiday photo from November 27th, through December 24th.

Hours and information can be found here:’s-workshop-0

Santa at Country Village Shops

We’re so delighted for the holiday season to get underway. Santa is extra jolly this year and looks forward to welcoming families from near and far for photos and for children to share their holiday wishes.

Warm Wishes to My Santa Moments in 2014!

December 24th, 2014 | Filed under: Holiday Events Holiday traditions My Albums | Posted by Elf jennifer


First Christmas!

2 Girls

Secret Santa


Santa’s fury friends


You’re never too old to see Santa!

Straight face Santa

Serious Santa

Fury Friend

Santa’s fury friends 2

Happy Santa

Happy Santa!

Santa Arrives with his Reindeer at University Village!

November 24th, 2014 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday Events Holiday traditions news planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

Santa Cabin at U Village

Santa’s Reindeer will accompany him on Santa’s first day at University Village! On Friday November 28th come and see the magical creatures and get your photo with Santa Claus, photography provided by Arthur & Associates.

Seasons Greetings!


First Annual Gingerbread Town at Country Village

November 17th, 2014 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday Events Holiday traditions news planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

In this quaint, quiet and cozy village nestled in the heart of Bothell, there will be a day of festivities with ginger wafting through the air! On November 22nd, 10 AM – 6 PM Country Village will host their first annual Gingerbread House Day.


Santa is opening his workshop for Gingerbread House-making participants, providing warmth and all the supplies you need! If you are feeling like a pro, you can enter the house you construct into the Gingerbread House Competition!

There is much more to do and see at Country Village. There will be a live gingerbread man and woman to say hi to, Santa’s reindeer, and… the big man himself will be there starting November 28th!

November 28th – December 24th come get your photo with Santa, photography provided by Arthur & Associates.

Gingerbread Building

Visit Country Village for more details about this season’s festivities and sign up for Gingerbread House Day.


It Was a Good Year! Ho! Ho! Ho!

December 25th, 2013 | Filed under: Holiday Events Holiday traditions My Albums news | Posted by Elf jennifer

Santa is off! He’s very excited to come visit all of you! He wanted me to share some of his favorite moments from this season. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Crying Girl Seeing Santa


Crying Baby with Santa


Mascot with Santa


Mustache Santa


Typical Child with Santa

Jolly Old Saint Nick and His Special Visitor

December 11th, 2013 | Filed under: Holiday traditions My Albums news | Posted by Elf jennifer

Santa's Favorit MascotSanta had a special visitor!

A Magical Holiday Experience in Bellevue

November 27th, 2013 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday traditions news planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

Bellevue Lane

(Image courtesy of Pinterest – Kim Blackburn)

Bellevue has had a tradition that is well received every year by both children and parents! With falling snow, LIVE Toy Drummers, and dancing snow characters, how could this put any scrooge in the holiday spirit?! This event will happen nightly starting at 7pm, from November 29th – Christmas Eve.

Bellevue Tree Ceremony

For one special night, Friday November 29th, Santa will make his appearance in the parade to kick-off the holiday season! After the parade he will also lead the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Santa is going to light a 30 ft tree at Bellevue Place’s Wintergarden! After the festivities, get your picture taken with all of the Snowflake Lane characters, and enjoy snacks and holiday tunes. Be sure NOT to miss all the action! Check out the website for details on parking, parade map, and times.

Bellevue Snowflake Lane

(Santa arriving last year)

All the festivities are held outdoors on the sidewalks between Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square, so be sure to grab a cup of hot chocolate and bundle up! This NW winter weather can be chilly (and that’s coming from someone who lives way way up North)!

There will be live performances from the high-energy snowstorm, and ladies, a chance to get your very own photo with a princess! Enjoy a holiday experience this year at Bellevue Square! And remember, Santa is watching.